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Holmes, Henry (1839–1905), violinist and composer, was born on 7 November 1839 at 1 Cross Street, Westminster, London, the second son of Thomas Holmes of Lincoln, a shoemaker, and his wife, Eliza, née Sutch. He went to school at the oratory, King William Street, Strand...


John Frederick Lampe (1702/33–1751) by James Macardell (after S. Andrea) © Copyright The British Museum


Lampe, John Frederick (1702/3–1751), composer and bassoonist, of unknown parentage, was said to be a native of Saxony (Burney, Hist. mus., 2.1001), and, according to his tombstone epitaph, was born in late 1702 or early 1703. Lampe's treatise A Plain and Compendious Method of Teaching Thorough Bass...